If you ask people, “Why do you exist?” most cannot tell you. They can’t explain their purpose in the world; they have no vision for their lives. Were you born just to go through certain life rituals–find a job, get married, buy a house, raise some kids, change jobs, or careers, retire–and then die? Or is there more to life? You may ask, “Do I really need to have a reason for my existence?” My answer is: “Absolutely!” Life is intended to have meaning; you were not born just for the fun of it. You were meant to be going somewhere, to be headed toward a destination.
The problem is that most people have no vision beyond their current circumstances. Without a vision for the future, life loses its meaning. An absence of meaning then leads to a lack of hope. Whenever people are hopeless about their life situations, they become resentful of their jobs or families. They feel as if they are wasting their lives, and they start living with a vague but constant internal longing for something more. The poorest person in the world is the person without a dream.
I’ve observed that there are basically three kinds of people in the world.
1. Those who never seem to get it, they have no clue. They go through life unaware of what’s happening around them.
2. Those who ask, “What just happened?” They know something important just took place, but they need others to tell them what it was.
3. Those who make things happen. They are proactive, engaged, and refuse to be denied and held back by their current circumstances.
Pastor Tommy Barnett once said, “One person with vision is greater than the passive force of ninety nine people who are merely interested in doing or becoming something.” How true! I have observed firsthand the truth of this statement. Most people have an interest in their destinies, but they have no passion or drive to fulfill them. They don’t really believe the dreams God has put in their hearts. If they do believe them, they don’t do the things that will take time in the direction of fulfilling them. Yet, that is what separates the people who make an impact in the world and those who just exist on the planet.
Have you discovered what your vision is? Find something you can put your whole self in to. It will fill your life with new hope and purpose: it will give you a reason for living. My purpose has become my passion. It wakes me up in the morning and it keeps me going when I’m tired. It is an antidote to depression. It causes me to have joy in the midst of great opposition because I know that what God has given me to accomplish cannot be stopped by anyone.
When you discover your vision, it will give you energy and passion. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might.” The vision in your heart is the spark that will enable you to pursue your dream because, unless you do so with all your enthusiasm and strength, it will not happen. I believe this Scripture expresses a truth most people miss. You accomplish only what you fight for! Again, if you are merely interested in your dream, it will never come to pass. However, if you are willing to put all your energy into it, then nobody can stop it from succeeding.
I believe this Scripture also implies that if you set your hands to do something, there will inevitably be resistance, opposition, and difficulties. Therefore, you have to apply pressure in order to fulfill your dreams. You must put your whole might behind it. Hard work and diligence are essential ingredients to success, but they require an internal motivation. That internal motivation is vision.
Dr. Myles Munroe explains vision this way: “Vision is the primary motivator of human action, and therefore, everything we do should be because of the vision God has placed in our hearts. Vision influences the way you conduct your entire life, such as what you spend your time and money on and what your priorities are. Without vision, you have no values to guide your living. Life has no sense of direction. Activity has no meaning. Time has no purpose. Resources have no application. Vision is the juice of life. It is the prerequisite for passion and the source of persistence. When you have vision, you know how to stay in the race and complete it.”
Please remember and never forget, you are the sum total of the choices and decisions you make every day. You can choose to stay where you are right now, or you can choose to move forward in life by pursuing your dream. I want to challenge you to stop making excuses for why you can’t accomplish what you were born to do. Take your life out of neutral. God has given you the power and the responsibility to achieve your life’s vision.
Most people do things because they have to. Wouldn’t you like to do things because you have decided to, based on your purpose? You must choose to be on the offensive rather than the defensive. I pray that you will decide you have had enough of being “normal” and that you will stand up and declare, “Life, here I come! I will not be denied, get out of my way!” Get it once and for all in your heart and believe it: you were created to stand out, not blend in. You were designed not only to be special and unique, but also to specialize.
You were created to accomplish something that no one else can accomplish. Now, rise up, and go bless your world!